The final version of the Stage 1 HLF application for Lightwoods Park Bearwood has been completed. There are a significant number of supporting documents that also go to support the bid The application was presented to SMBC Finance on 24th February and approved for submission. The declaration has been signed and the documents are now with Heritage Lottery Fund Birmingham.
I want to take this opportunity to give a very special thank you to:
Sharon Danks (SMBC Technical Support Officer) for all the software conversions necessary to ensure this PDF document is completed. Converting xl finance sheets into word and then PDF is not easy. The text required writing in word doc and then converting, that involves reformatting the paragraphs.
Jeniffer Harrison SMBC Strategic Investment Unit for checking and editing the text.
Judith Wick SMBC Strategic Investment Unit for work on the finances to ensure the costs all add up and reflect the project.
Tony Deakin and the Urban Design Team (SMBC Landscape Architects and Architects) for all the work involved in the production of the extensive supporting technical information and original project costs.
Cherie O’Sullivan (SMBC Project Officer) for working with the Friends group and ensuring that documented community evidence is available for the application.
People of Bearwood for your comments and suggestions that have been included in the Stage 1 documents.
Given we only took management responsibility for the park in November 2010, the team above had 3 months to prepare and submit a £4.6m application.
It is anticipated a decision will be made by the HLF Trustees Board in May with an announcement in June. If we are successful the £4.6m restoration of Lightwoods Park and House will get the green light and we move into Stage 2.